Heath Quartet at Carnegie Hall...
Heath Quartet at Carnegie Hall
Known for its “passionate performances that combine technical accomplishment with interpretative flair” (The Strad), the Heath Quartet comes to Carnegie Hall with a program of quintessential chamber works that include Beethoven’s classic String Quartet No. 6, Mendelssohn’s richly romantic "Ist es wahr" String Quartet, and Bartók’s chilling Second Quartet, which paints a devastating landscape of the sadness and loss found as a result of the horrors of war.
They found a particular tone-colour [in Tippett's First Quartet] that seemed just right for the music, springy yet soft-edged, and they showed how the sudden hesitations and interruptions are really a bottling-up of ecstasy that eventually gets released. Finally came Tippett’s great Third Quartet, which can surely stand beside Britten’s quartets, or anybody else’s. Its wonderful slow movement was sustained by the Heath Quartet with amazing, rapt intensity, and the pinpoint focus and swinging energy they brought to the final fugue was simply dazzling.
photo credit: Carnegie Hall
Sat, April 12th 2014